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REGISTER FOR 2017 FALL BALL!
Westbrook Little League has opened registration for our 2017 Fall Ball season, we’d like to invite all boys and girls interested in playing baseball between the ages of 9 and 12 to register now. We will close registration on 8/31 to allow time to have uniforms printed.
Given that Fall Ball is more developmental, we strongly encourage kids that are interested in playing ball in the spring of 2018 to use this opportunity to get the instruction and experience they need to get used to the level of play they will see in the spring, especially those entering the Majors and Minors (AAA) divisions. For those returning to those levels this will be a great way to hone their skills for the more competitive spring season.
The season will start in early September and run until the end of October, with games played on both Saturdays and Sundays and a practice during the week. We will do our best to accommodate any players who also play fall travel soccer.
The following leagues are available:
Minors AAA Baseball – Ages 9&10, practice at least once a week and weekend games with other towns
Majors Baseball – Ages 11&12, practice at least once a week and weekend games with other towns
Game times and locations TBD. Last year the majors division played all its games at Adams Middle School in Guilford, while in the past the minors division played in Madison; however, each town will most likely host their own home games this season due to issues with Madison's field availability.
Thank you for your support of Westbrook Little League, we look forward to having your children back out playing ball with us this fall. Please click on the registration button on the left hand side of our homepage or click on the link below to register now!
WESTBROOK LITTLE LEAGUE is seeking volunteers for the 2018 baseball season. There are several positions currently vacant or opening up this fall on the WLL Board of Directors including:
Sponsorship Coordinator - this position is the utmost of importance and we really need someone to fill it. This person will obtain team and sign sponsorships from local businesses in the community via snail mail and email correspondence along with in-person visits.
The majority of the work will be done in the preseason from January 1 to April 1. This person will also seek and acquire small donations for raffles during opening and closing day ceremonies.
This position seems like it's a lot of work but it really isn't. Availability is key though.
Information Officer - handles upkeep of the league website, inputs schedule and coaching information, reports sponsorship information, outstanding registration balances, etc. to the board.
Umpire Chief - coordinate a database of umpires and schedule them to cover games at the AAA and Majors level throughout the season. Most of this is done when the schedule is released, however postponements and pick-up games will need to be coordinated as well. This person should also be available to umpire games.
Note: highlighted areas are ineligible for the 2018 Majors division. We will try to field teams at the Juniors and/or Seniors divisions depending on enrollment; however, if there are not enough players for a team we will assist placing them in a neighboring town's league at that level.
All kids want their own bat, and it's great to have a couple at home to go hit at one of the local baseball facilities or down at the field on a non-practice day; but you might want to hold off spending big bucks on a new bat until 2018 or until these start hitting retailers...
As per the official site of Little League Baseball:
"With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA Baseball’s new standard for bat performance testing, Little League International fully supports this program. For more than seventy-five years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game. Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League, are encouraged to adopt this new standard. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and our current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved. Visit LittleLeague.org for detailed information. Little League looks forward to working with USA Baseball, and will begin educating our local leagues, and the parents of our 2.1 million baseball players, preparing them for the important change coming in 2018."
ALSO -- for the younger kids at least, who always want their own bats -- Walmart & Bennys have some decent bats for cheap and they're great for starter bats, same with Amazon.com.
This chart should help with determining what size to get:
Also, weight is a factor, younger kids will need lighter bats to get them around. Weight is determined by "drop" which is a negative number printed on the side (the length is usually on the butt of the handle). Take the length and subtract the drop number on the side and that's how much it weighs - example: a 28 ounce bat has "-10" printed on the side (the minus sign actually means "drop"), so it's a "28 drop 10", meaning it weighs 18 ounces.
For Kindergarteners and first graders, you'll probably want to find a 15 or 16 ounce bat, a lot say they're tee-ball bats, which is fine. A 26 drop 10 or 11 is great for the little guys.
Both length and weight are also printed on the barrel but are sometimes difficult to find.
Westbrook Little League is currently seeking volunteers to coach/assistant coach teams on all levels, umpire games, keep score, serve as team moms, help prep and rake the fields before and after games and man the concession stand during games.
We cannot have too many volunteers, and even taking one night in the stand will be a huge help to the league.
We are also in need of filling the following vacancies on the board of directors: Sponsorship coordinator, Player Agent(s), VP of Softball and Secretary. The board will meet once a month for about an hour or so. It's a great opportunity to meet some great people and get involved with your child's activities!
The future of Westbrook Little League depends on volunteers. To get involved in this great organization, contact Kevin Blair at email@example.com or (203) 506-8102.
Help Needed: Concession Stand
Thanks to all of those moms & dads (and some of their kids!) who helped keep the stand up and running in 2016. Sharing the workload has benefited the league immensely and we were able to save a lot of money that will go right back to the league by not paying someone an hourly rate. Many noticed how easy it is and had a lot of fun doing it. We also had a few high school kids come down for their community service credits. We'd love to expand on this next year and we'll start the signup process once the schedule is made.
Westbrook Little League's Concession Stand is the most talked about snack bar in all the surrounding towns the league is affiliated with. The quality and selection is second to none (seriously, who else has daily specials?), and it's not a lot of junk you wouldn't feed your family. When that game ends at 7:45 no one wants to go home and cook.
The stand opens about 15-30 minutes before the start of all games and closes roughly 15-30 minutes after the last out is made.
Once again in 2017 we will seek to do what we did this year as it worked out well for everyone. If anyone would like to volunteer for a keyholder position (opens, closes, actually cooks) please let Lori know. It's pretty safe to say that nearly every parent can grill a hamburger or hot dog and we'd love for a few extra people who can help with this once a week or two.
Anyone who can get back there next year on Sundays from about 10-2 for Buddy Ball please also let us know, this is another great opportunity to give back to the community for this great cause.
Those interested in helping out should contact Lori Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 710-3608.
Umpires needed for 2017 Season
Westbrook Little League is seeking parents with a knowledge of baseball and softball to help call games at the Minors (AAA), Majors and Juniors levels. Those who are willing to step behind the plate or out in the field should shoot an email to our umpire coordinator Ron Robison at email@example.com.
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